Last month, our blog reported on how the New York Public Library was officially doing damage control after Dr. Anthony Marx - the highly regarded former president of Amherst College and recently appointed library president - was charged with DUI.
If asked to name the largest U.S. cities with the highest percentage of DUI arrests/citations, most people would likely pick places like New Orleans, or Miami for the simple reason that they are warm weather locations with an active nightlife. As it turns out, this approach would be somewhat off the mark.
Here in New York City, we are accustomed to seeing the drivers of cars, taxis, buses and trucks exceed the posted speed limit, undoubtedly trying to make up time lost traversing the city's often congested streets. While we may not give this a second thought in certain industrial areas or business districts, we may have an altogether different opinion when we see these vehicles speeding through the streets around parks, hospitals or even our own neighborhood.
It's no secret that people will try their hardest to get out of a speeding ticket. This makes sense when you consider that a speeding ticket not only costs a rather significant sum, but can also lead to increased insurance premiums and points against a driver's license. However, a recent news story shows that one New York man may have gone too far to escape a speeding ticket.
The DUI laws here in the state of New York can be extremely unforgiving when it comes to driving privileges. To illustrate, first-time offenders face not only steep fines, but also driver's license suspension and even the installation of an ignition interlock device.
Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, law enforcement officials throughout the state of New York took part in an extensive campaign designed to enforce some of the more stringent vehicle traffic laws.
As you navigate the streets of New York City, you will likely encounter a variety of signs announcing various vehicle traffic laws (i.e., speed limits, parking restrictions, handicap spaces, etc.) and warning of dangers to pedestrians. In general, these signs are fairly straightforward and understandably void of any sort of artistic flare. However, this may no longer be the case on many streets throughout the five boroughs